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They're Really Loud: the media and political/social extremism.

Torus34

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The title could have been 'They're Really Loud: but how many of them are there, anyhow?

Many of our major media sources are businesses. That is, they have private owners and have as a goal the making of a profit to pass on to the owners. In order to do this, they need a confirmed audience for their product [news and commentary] to attract advertisers. The advertisers provide the money which, if it's more than the cost of running the business, provides the profit.

Now, that's all well and good in itself if each individual member of the media is content with its niche and gross income. But some are not. They wish to increase their audience and thus their advertising income. To do that, they, as Chef Emeril Legasse would say, 'kick it up a notch.' They add spice to their product. That, in turn, causes other media companies to respond in kind. With time, the notch becomes a very wide kerf. The product becomes very spicy.

And that leads to a problem for those of us who consume the news and commentaries. When we're presented with this or that group saying or doing this or that, just what percent of the American population are we hearing about? It might well be far less that we would assume from the amount of noise they make.

Regards, stay safe 'n well 'n remember the Big 5.
 
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It's a problem for those caught in the consumer news trap. PBS isn't profit driven and it's one of the most reliable sources available. It may be one cafe on a street full of Italian and Mexican restaurants, but the option is there. International agencies like the AP and Reuters are still reliable.

As far as the noise goes, yes; same theory as accidents on the freeway - brings lots of lookie-loos. We are a nation of spectators.

For those of us who realize this, it's little more than entertainment. For the others, since all politics is local, I suggest looking out the door and seeing what the ruckus is all about. After realizing it's all a ruse, go back inside, crack a Lagunitas and be thankful you're not as high-strung as those on the TV.
 

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It's a problem for those caught in the consumer news trap. PBS isn't profit driven and it's one of the most reliable sources available. It may be one cafe on a street full of Italian and Mexican restaurants, but the option is there. International agencies like the AP and Reuters are still reliable.

As far as the noise goes, yes; same theory as accidents on the freeway - brings lots of lookie-loos. We are a nation of spectators.

For those of us who realize this, it's little more than entertainment. For the others, since all politics is local, I suggest looking out the door and seeing what the ruckus is all about. After realizing it's all a ruse, go back inside, crack a Lagunitas and be thankful you're not as high-strung as those on the TV.

Cracking one open or rolling one up takes care of getting high-strung.
 
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